Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Contemporary History and Politics

This programme will give you a deep understanding of the recent past and the contemporary world and help you develop the approaches, techniques and skills of the professional historian. Using an interdisciplinary combination of historical and political approaches, it lays a strong emphasis on the critical analysis of the recent past, with the overall aim of giving you specialist knowledge of particular regions and themes. You will study the complex interplay between national, international and global political, social and historical forces that have produced the contemporary world.

Course modules

Core modules: Mastering Historical Research: Birkbeck Approaches . Option modules: After the Ottoman Empire; American Foreign Policy; Arab-Israeli Question; Battleground Spain, 1936-1939; China and the West: Encounters; Cultural History of War in Britain and America between the First World War and the Conflict in Vietnam; Disease and Society in Africa in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries; Empires in Modern East Asia; Ethnicity and Migration in Twentieth Century Central Europe; Gender in Britain; Internationalism and International Organisations in twentieth-century Europe; Jews and Antisemitism in Modern Europe: Histories and Approaches; Nationalism and Ethno-Religious Conflict; Politics and Islam; Reconstruction of Europe 1943-1956; Religion in Society and Politics: Britain and Ireland, 1801-2001; The European Union: Integration, Politics and Policy; The Holocaust; The Nazi Capture of Power; The Soviet Experience: Stalinism Through the Eyes of the Individual; The Two Irelands 1911-1998; War, Politics and Society .

Assessment methods

4 essays of 5000 words each and a dissertation of 15,000 words. Assessment in option modules offered through the Department of Politics includes essays and examinations.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2018 GBP 14,850 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2018 GBP 8,175 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 GBP 7,425 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 GBP 4,075 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
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